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Today's News

  • Concerned cyclists clean hazardous section of N.C. 179

    Local bicyclists concerned about safety got out their shovels and brooms last week to do their own roadwork.

    Paul Dordal, Dave Weller and Dan Dickerson took matters into their own hands after officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation said the state agency wasn’t responsible for maintaining what the three deemed a particularly hazardous stretch of shoulder along N.C. 179, aka Beach Drive, just south of Shallotte.

  • Man clad in underwear and socks steals truck from school

    Officers apprehended a man wearing only eyeglasses, underwear and socks who they said stole a Brunswick County Schools truck from Shallotte Middle School on Thursday morning, June 23.

    A school employee told officials he was being followed by the man, covered in mud and grass, as he entered the school about 6 a.m., Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mose Highsmith said.

  • Sunset Beach OKs beachfront pools, acts to head off de-annexation bill

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has approved swimming pools for the east end of the island and court paperwork to protect its ownership interests on the west end.

    Action came following a 40-minute closed session at a board meeting Tuesday as council approved 4-1 a “memorandum of understanding” between the town and lot owners of Palm Cove on the east end to amend the town’s settlement with the oceanfront development from last June 2015.

  • Shallotte passes 2016-17 budget

     SHALLOTTE            — Shallotte passed its fiscal year 2016-17 budget as presented at a public hearing Thursday, June 23.

  • Horse owners urged to vaccinate equines

    North Carolina horse owners are urged to vaccinate their equines after two horses in Horry County, S.C., contracted Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE) within the past three weeks. EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination. Horry County borders Brunswick County.

  • H2GO board resolves to proceed with reverse osmosis water plant

    LELAND — Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board members voted 3-2 on Tuesday night to approve a resolution to move forward on a proposed reverse osmosis water plant.

    Chairman Bill Browning and commissioners Carl Antos and Ron Jenkins supporting the move while commissioners Jeff Gerken and Trudy Trombley opposed it.

    Gerken and Trombley were elected to the board last November on a campaign to oppose the plant. At their first board meeting, they pushed to suspend further funding of the plant and review the project and costs.

  • Elections board debates adding early voting on a Sunday

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County elections board has decided on an early voting schedule for the November general election, but won’t offer any Sunday hours to voters.

    It was an issue the three-man board couldn’t agree on, voting 2-1 during its meeting Monday, June 20, on a plan that avoided Sunday hours.

    Of the three voting schedules the board considered, one proposed opening the polls from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 only at the voting location at the Brunswick County complex in Bolivia.

  • County, towns track Senate Bill 846 on tax distribution

    Brunswick County officials are keeping watch on a Senate bill that could cut Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) revenues for the county and its 19 municipalities.

    County commissioners reviewed Senate Bill 846 during a budget workshop May 31 and voted unanimously for a resolution opposing the changes to LOST distribution.

    County Manger Ann Hardy updated commissioners on the bill filed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown on May 10 and passed on first reading in the Senate on May 11, the same day it was referred to the finance committee, where it remains.

  • Ex-Leland police corporal indicted on embezzlement charges

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted a former Leland police corporal accused of embezzling money from the South Brunswick High School Athletic Booster Club.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 46-year-old Melissa Jane Hinnant, of East Eighth Street in Southport, on Aug. 6, and charged her with six counts of embezzlement.

  • Calabash OKs new budget with same tax rate

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved the town’s 2016-17 fiscal budget of $1,243,378 with no tax rate change.

    The budget unanimously approved by the board at its June 14 meeting will maintain the town’s current tax rate of .0875 per $100 of assessed value.